I was ‘talking’ to Bumbling Along the other night when she said this. It sparked something in me, made me start thinking about the voices we attach to our virtual friends and what cues we use to form these decisions.
It’s easy with the vloggers. I know, for example, that Karin is a tiara wearing North American, and Heather’s a Rochdale lass who took a wrong turn and ended up in Lapland. I also know that Nick is a fast talking chef living south of the Watford Gap. But what about the rest of you?
I checked in to Twitter to do a quick tally and realised that to me you’re all southerners. The voice I hear when you speak is, largely, my own.
I like the fact that the virtual world is a level playing field. We can make no assumptions based on accent or tone, we can only go on the WYSIWYG and, generally, it works. In real life I’m a stickler for grammar and spelling, and I’m no fan of textspeak, but online it’s a different story. Sometimes you just have to contract in order to get your msg (sic) across and, on the whole, mispelling is ignored – it’s just not important.
But still, I’m interested. What’s your virtual voice? And what do you ‘hear’ when others are ‘speaking’?